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Explore the dairy industry, from raising a cow to dairy science and ethics to manufacturing and marketing dairy products. Topics include dairy cattle breeds, nutrition, feeding, identify parts of dairy cattle, desirable traits, stages of calving and care, and grooming and showing. Cows may be owned or leased. New to 4-H? Get involved in the Dairy Project!


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What you can do

Level 1: Dairy Cattle 1 - Cowabunga!

Learn about dairy parts, breeds, cost of raising cattle, how to care for your dairy animals and more.

Level 2: Dairy Cattle 2 - Mooving Ahead

Explore Dairy judging, identification, ethics, animal health, management practices and more.

Level 3: Dairy Cattle 3 - Rising to the Top

Gain an understanding of selection and management of dairy, reproduction, breeding, marketing, careers and more.

All levels

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Free curriculum from Utah State 4-H. Registration is required for download access.

Important project information for enrolled members

Record keeping & evaluation

For adult leaders


Be a Dairy Project Development committee member

Youth Dairy Project members will be selected to serve on the Dairy Project Development committee. This group comes together to evaluate the status of the dairy project, hear committee reports and recommendations and plan for future programs and activities. Several sub committees function as well to make sure the dairy program continues to move forward.

Youth applicants must be 9th grade or older, complete and submit an application. PDF - fillable version

Additional details about committee assignment


New to 4-H? Get involved in the Dairy Project!

Marcia Woeste, Extension educator

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